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New York Violent Crimes Defense Lawyers

The criminal defense attorneys at the Goshen law office of Dupée & Monroe, P.C. have spent decades defending New Yorkers charged with all manner of crimes, from the minor to the serious. We bring our years of litigation experience to bear in providing the strongest possible defense for our clients. If you have been charged with a violent crime or any other serious offense in New York, you need a seasoned, trusted legal advocate on your side. Our New York criminal defense lawyers are ready to help. We serve clients charged with a wide range of violent crimes, including the following:

Assault & Battery

In New York, defendants accused of physically attacking another person are charged with assault. Battery is no longer a separate legal crime, although people commonly combine or mix up the two terms. Assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony; if weapons are employed, or serious injury caused, the penalties can be much more severe. For the most severe assault charges, a defendant can face upwards of 25 years in prison.


Arson is an extremely serious offense in the State of New York. Arson can be charged whenever someone intentionally damages another person’s property using fire or explosions. Depending on the nature of the property damaged (for example, personal property vs. a car vs. a building), and whether other people could have been or were in fact injured, the charges can be more or less severe. Arson in the First Degree, chargeable when someone was seriously injured as a result of the arson, carries a penalty of 15-25 years to life in prison.


Robbery refers to the theft of property by way of force, threat, or fear. In essence, robbery means theft through some violent means. When violence is employed (or threatened), the punishments tend to be much more severe. At the lowest level, robbery is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. At higher levels, robbery is punishable with a mandatory minimum prison sentence and a significantly longer maximum sentence length.


Criminal homicide is just about the most serious charge you might face in New York criminal court. Even a lower-level manslaughter charge is a felony carrying the potential for a years-long prison sentence. Murder charges, on the other hand, can land someone in prison for decades, if not for life. The difference between manslaughter and murder turns on whether the prosecution can prove that the defendant intended to kill the victim, or did so with a “depraved indifference to human life.” Murder charges can also arise when someone is killed during the commission of another violent crime such as robbery, arson, kidnapping, or sexual assault. If you are facing homicide charges of any kind, you need a seasoned New York violent crimes defense lawyer on your team as soon as possible.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence covers a wide range of violent crimes committed against a romantic partner, family member, or other member of the household. In response to a public outcry, New York police and prosecutors are cracking down on domestic violence allegations. The penalties for a domestic violence conviction are generally in line with the punishments for the same underlying crime (assault, stalking, harassment, sexual abuse), but a family court will have concurrent jurisdiction to help deal with the family dynamics at play. Domestic violence convictions can affect not only your freedom from incarceration but also your right to child custody, your right to remain in your own home, and other domestic matters.

Unlawful Firearm Possession

New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. A number of New York laws make it unlawful to possess certain types of weapons, or for certain people such as felons on parole to carry weapons. Most weapons require a permit, if they are lawful to carry at all. Carrying an automatic rifle, for example, is likely to lead to severe penalties. A wide range of weapons is prohibited, including guns, switchblades, metal knuckles, and swords. Unlawful possession of a firearm can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on the circumstances, but even at the lowest level, a gun crime can be punished with jail time.

Sexual Assault

Sex crimes are among the most serious charges you can face in New York. A conviction for sexual assault, rape, or other sex crimes is likely to result in heavy fines, lengthy prison terms, and potentially life-long consequences affecting where you can live, what professional licenses you can obtain, where you can go to school, and other aspects of your personal and professional life. Forced sex-offender registration can derail your life, which is why it’s all the more important to have a zealous and effective criminal defense attorney on your side.

Our Hudson Valley Criminal Defense Lawyers Are Ready to Help Defend You Against Violent Crime Allegations

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a violent crime, contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C., in Goshen.  We represent clients involved in federal and state investigations or who are charged with violent offenses and other serious crimes in Orange County and throughout the Hudson Valley.

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